Release roundup: MMO mice and a gilded thumb drive
In this week's look at launch announcements left over from our daily news coverage, we're bringing you tidings from Razer, SteelSeries, and Super Talent:
- Razer launches a wireless version of the best-selling Naga. The title of this press release pretty much says it all—unless, that is, you're unfamiliar with the Naga. Razer says this mouse has 17 buttons "optimized" for massively multiplayer online games, three "ergonomic interchangeable side panels," and a custom backlight with 16 million possible color settings. This $129.99 mouse can stay unplugged for 12 hours at a time, but once the batteries run out, you can connect the included USB cable and keep killing Orcs... or whatever it is people do in World of Warcraft these days.
- SteelSeries announces World of Warcraft: Cataclysm MMO gaming mouse. This slightly different MMO mouse was purportedly "co-developed" with Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of WoW, and has a design meant to evoke the "armored plating of Deathwing the Destroyer." Good to know! The new Cataclysm also has 14 buttons, a 16-million-color adjustable backlight, and a $99.99 price tag. Don't look for this device in stores just yet, though—it'll come out in conjunction with World of Warcraft: Cataclysm on December 7.
- Super Talent introduces the world's smallest 64GB USB drive. Now there's something you don't see everyday: a 24-karat, gold-plated USB thumb drive touted for its small size. At $165, those perks do come at a price, and there's no USB 3.0 support to complete the luxurious vibe. (Super Talent quotes 30MB/s and 15MB/s top read and write speeds, respectively.) The drive does measure only 1.2" x 0.5" x 0.1", though, which is definitely small in light of the storage capacity.
Believe it or not, $165 isn't that outlandish for a 64GB USB drive. The cheapest offering with that capacity at Newegg costs $117.99 before shipping, and Corsair has a 64GB Survivor GTR selling for $159.99. If I were shopping for keychain-sized storage in that price range, though, I'd probably splurge for a USB 3.0 model like Kingston's $199.99 DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0.